Team

We are a diverse group bringing a multitude of experiences and expertise from startups and world class institutional players alike, operating in numerous different sectors. One thing we all share is an entrepreneurial mindset.

Executive team

Erkin Bek

Founder

Erkin Bek is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and visionary with a track record of creating and growing successful global businesses. In the late nineties, he founded the Mina Group, headquartered in Dubai, UAE. Mina Group has multinational operations involving ocean tankers, port terminals, oil refineries and storage, delivery and logistics capabilities. The company’s operations span North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Erkin founded and built up TNF, as a private investment firm, over the past decade. In addition to his contribution to Mina and TNF, Erkin is committed to supporting education, music and healthy living causes around the world.

Samir Khosla

Managing Partner

Samir is an entrepreneur who has built and led successful ventures across multiple continents over the last 20 years, in diverse industries including software, construction, oil & gas, and human resources. Samir serves as the Managing Partner and sits on the board of TNF. Samir also acts as an entrepreneur-in-residence and serves in leadership and advisory positions on several of TNF’s portfolio companies.

Francisco Arcilla

Partner

Francisco is a finance and investment professional with over 25 years' experience, who brings deep knowledge of capital markets and alternative investments to TNF. Francisco has led teams of investors and advisors across multiple locations, most recently as a management board member for a leading global Asset Management firm.

Victoria Voyteshonok

Chief Financial Officer

Victoria is a seasoned finance professional who started her career at Ernst & Young and gained extensive experience in external and internal audits. For the past ten years she has been active in the software technology venture capital arena, sitting on the boards of several start-ups, helping them to scale up their business models. In addition to her current role at TNF, she serves in leadership and advisory positions for a number of TNF’s portfolio companies.

Nigel Brown

Head of International Risk

Nigel Brown is a recognised subject matter expert on corporate risk and crisis management and currently serves as the Head of Strategic Development for TNF. He has a proven track record of managing crisis preparedness and crisis situations for numerous Fortune 500 and FTSE100 companies and has served as a trusted advisor to CEOs. Nigel Brown has deep experience and has served in senior roles in some of the world’s leading risk advisory companies, including Kroll, Begbies Traynor Group and GardaWorld. He has also founded and built several global risk advisory companies. He began his career as a highly decorated Scotland Yard officer.

Venture Advisors

Shala Burroughs

Operations and Project Management

Shala works as an advisor to TNF and its portfolio of companies. She has over 14 years of business development and operations experience having worked in both private and public companies, as well as with the U.S. Government. Throughout her career, she has remained steadfastly dedicated to introducing cutting-edge technology into heavily regulated environments. Shala is a Green D Ventures Fellow, a 2013 Startup Leadership Program Fellow, and a Dartmouth College Rockefeller Leadership Fellow. She holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and has lectured at Stanford University on Digital Asset Securities.

Torben Pedersen

Capital Markets

Torben works as an advisor to TNF and its portfolio of companies. After a decade in the consulting industry working with global technology firms, Torben moved to tech entrepreneurship and has successfully launched, financed and advised several tech start-ups in Europe and the U.S. He has extensive knowledge and hands-on experience developing and reviewing business plans, financial models and growth strategies for tech firms in different industry sectors.

Board

Gilles Thieffry

Chairman of the Board of Directors

A 30-year veteran international lawyer and academic. He is a member of the New York, London, Paris and Geneva bar associations. His experience covers structured finance, capital markets and commodity finance. He has practiced as a partner at  major law firms and played key roles in prominent financial institutions.

Kapil Dutta

Non-Executive Director

Kapil brings decades of experience having worked in a number of sectors across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He also previously served as a General Partner and Managing Director for Mina Group, where he worked on a number of complex global projects.

Samir Khosla

Board Member

Samir is an entrepreneur who has built and led successful ventures across multiple continents over the last 20 years, in diverse industries including software, construction, oil & gas, and human resources. Samir serves as the Managing Partner and sits on the board of TNF. Samir also acts as an entrepreneur-in-residence and serves in leadership and advisory positions on several of TNF’s portfolio companies.